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Season's Greetings From The Cast Of General Hospital – Watch The Video!

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It’s almost Christmas and several of the cast members of ABC’s General Hospital bring some holiday cheer to you, their loyal fans, in this cute seasons greetings video!

Check out: Jason Thompson (Patrick) and Brooklyn Rae Silzer (Emma), Kimberly McCullough (Robin), Maura West (Ava), Chad Duell and Kristen Alderson (Michael and Kiki), Kelly Monaco and Michael Easton (Sam and Silas) and Sean Kanan (AJ) as they bring a smile to GH fans everywhere!

Watch the video after the jump! Then, let us know who you were most excited about seeing in this video! We have our guesses! 

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janet
janet

Wow they said Merry Christmas. The best part No Sabrina. I was happy to see each and every one of them. Same to you Merry Christmas and happy New Year. All the characters I actually like.

rebecca1
rebecca1

And….no one said they shouldn’t say Merry Christmas. Just nice to include both holidays in the holiday season.

Cathy
Cathy

Word Janet!

Shay
Shay

Amen to that sentiment, Janet! Only wish it were foreshadowing the future of GH….

rebecca1
rebecca1

Nice. Good to see Sean Kanan…hoping that means he’s “here” to stay.

Phil
Phil

LOL! That is exactly what I thought too… Long live AJ and Elizabeth!!!!

david
david

Fire sean kanan again, rehire billy warlock. sean your acting is painful too watch.

Charday
Charday

Yeah, been missing AJ and the other Quartermaines.

rebecca1
rebecca1

Although…now that I think of it they should have left it at Happy Holidays…or said Happy Hanukkah AND Merry Christmas. Funny, they have Sean, who’s Jewish…add the Christmas greeting at the end. Sigh. Okay…I’ll add it. Hope you had a Happy Hanukkah too!

Lin
Lin

Thank you for saying that Rebecca . By the way I didn’t know that Sean Kanan was Jewish. Interesting. And I also think that each soap should have at least one Jewish family or at least character. That said I enjoyed the good wishes. They should’ve done one last month around Thanksgiving to wish us everyone a happy Thanksgiving and for those who celebrate happy Hanukkah

rebecca1
rebecca1

Yes Lin…it’s funny how when issues of diversity come up it’s always about race but not religion. There are many soap actors who are Jewish…but don’t play Jewish characters. “Starr”/”Kiki” is half Jewish, Alexis is half Jewish, Sean is 100% Jewish, Brandon Barash aka Johnny is Jewish, etc…so Happy Belated Chanukah, Hanukkah…;)

Lin
Lin

I had no idea either, that Kiristen Alderson or Nancy Grahn were 1/2 or Brandon Barash was Jewish. Well, I guess they could make the excuse that Chanukah /Hanukkah/ Chanukkah etc was over. But they really should make an effort to wish a Happy Chanukah when it’s timely.
Belated Happy Chanukah to you!

Shay
Shay

So true, Rebecca1 and Lin. I made mention of this fact some posts ago when discussing the fact that the Latinos have been (quietly) represented on GH by Sonny’s presence all along, so I don’t know why there was such a clamoring about that issue and suddenly having to cater to that particular crowd. Furthermore, given that PC is located in New York, it beggars belief that there are no Jewish characters, particularly with a hospital setting to boot. As if there would not be at least a few doctors of the faith on staff? Give me a break! It all comes down to the fact that a lot of “groups” of people are not fairly or proportionately represented on this soap or many other shows. The difference is, many of them are far too dignified and classy to gripe about it and make demands to be seen and heard, unlike certain other more “pc” populations!!!! That being said, a very “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” and “Happy New Year” to all…. ; )

Johnny
Johnny

This is neat and cute and stuff. But how about trying to spread a bit of holiday and Christmas cheer on the show? Instead of sons butchering their mother and dumping her body in an open grave…instead of greasy mobsters threatening people…instead of law abiding officers contemplating murder….how about some Christmas cheer?

David
David

Wow some people will just look for anything to compalin about.

In great news to spread Christmas chair about GH was the press release ABC just released

As the citizens of Port Charles reel from learning Robin is alive and AJ’s murder trial continues, “General Hospital” ranked as the #1 program in Daytime for the first time in over 6 years in Women 25-54 (1.18 million/1.9 rating), and also ranked #1 in Women 18-34 (289,000/0.9 rating) and Women 18-49 (880,000/1.4 rating), marking the series’ first sweep across the key women demos in over six years – both since week of 7/16/07.

Moreover, this week stood as the series’ most-watched week in nearly six years in Total Viewers (3.31 million), in over two-and-a-half years in Women 18-49 and close to 3 years in Women 25-54 – since weeks of 1/21/08, 3/21/11 and 12/27/10, respectively.

Friday’s telecast surged to a near 6-year high in Total Viewers (3.45 million) and near 3 year high in Women 25-54 (1.24 million/2.0 rating) – since 1/21/08 and 2/21/11, respectively.

Further, “General Hospital” is pacing for its best season in 7 years in Total Viewers – since the 2006/07 season.

“General Hospital” posted the biggest year-to-year gains of any broadcast daytime drama in Total Viewers (+30% – 3.31 million vs. 2.54 million), Women 18-49 (+44% – 880,000 vs. 609,000) and Women 25-54 (+55% – 1.18 million vs. 760,000).

Johnny
Johnny

They were leaving a Christmas greeting. If they had wanted to leave a Hanukkah greeting they could have and would have. The day has been called Christmas since itcame into existence. What is the issue? I don’t celebrate Hanukkah or Quanzaa but I am all for people who so celebrate those days to do so. If you don’t wish to celebrate CHRISTMAS, you don’t have to. No one is forcing you to.

k/kay
k/kay

Thank you Johnny so much for that comment!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Did they leave a Hanukkah greeting a few weeks ago? That’s the point. There are many viewers…who celebrate different holidays. ALL should be acknowledged…if they only said Happy Hanukkah but never mentioned Christmas perhaps you’d think it odd…or be pissed. Whatever. The “day” is not here yet…you’re referring to Christmas. So, in that vein, since it’s the HOLIDAY season, all of the holidays should me mentioned…or none at all.

Don’t like that suggestion? Lemme think…tough shite.

Lin
Lin

“If they wanted to leave a Hanukkah greeting they would have.” And how would you feel if they had left a Hanukkah greeting a few weeks ago, Johnny, and that was it. If they had left a Hanukkah greeting and left no Christmas greeting now or at all this year. Think about how you would feel. I doubt very seriously, from your insensitive comment that you can.
Rebecca and I are not talking about Christmas here. We are not saying to call Christmas something else. I certainly think it’s charming that they are giving Christmas greetings. Chanukah is not on Christmas, by the way. We are saying it would have been nice for the actors, when it was timely , to have left a Chanukah greeting. And for that matter, when it is timely , to leave a Kwanzaa greeting. though Kwanzaa most people in America who celebrate Kwanzaa also celebrate Christmas, as Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday.

It is quite obvious you have no idea what it is like to be a minority. “I don’t celebrate Chanukah or Kwanzaa.” No kidding. that was quite obvious. You either are prejudiced against those who do, or could give a flip about anyone who is different than you.

Johnny
Johnny

Actually…before you judge someone without knowing them…I am a minority. But besides that…are you saying that these actors are now obligated to post messages for every ethnic and different holiday?? That is absurd. The majority of the world still celebrates Christmas. These actors obviously celebrate Christmas…that is the message they left. Do you honestly feel slighted or left out because they didn’t mention a particular day you celebrate? I don’t celebrate Sadie Hawkins day…should I pitch a hissy fit if the actors left a Happy sadie Hawkins message??? These actors would sound very insincere if they got on video and said “id like to wish some of you a Merry Christmas…some of you a Happy Hanukaah….some of you a Joyous Kwanzaa….and well for those of you who get offended by the idea of Christmas…here’s a shout out to you too!”. Do you hear how stupid that would sound?? If you hate Christmas…be a scrooge and hate it…but don’t take the joy and the special meaning of it from others.

rebecca1
rebecca1

annnnnd…so nicely put Lin!

rebecca1
rebecca1

Johnny…you really are ignorant. I thought I explained it well…I thought Lin explained it better. Let’s try again. F o l l o w the w o r d s….

A) It’s the HOLIDAY season.

B) There is more than ONE holiday.

C) There are Jewish actors in soaps…and a Jewish audience. It is not our holiday. Thus, when a cast wishes holiday greetings, it’s nice to include all in this holiday season…which is usually Christmas and Hanukkah. That’s a given. Sometimes they fall in the same week, sometimes weeks apart…but we all know those two holidays are celebrated around the same time.

Now, as for your “these actors obviously celebrate Christmas,” perhaps you didn’t read my post. Sean Kanan, AJ, who is the one who actually says, “Merry Christmas” at the end of the clip, is actually JEWISH. Kristen Alderson (kiki), Brandon Barash (Johnny) Nancy Graham (Alexis), James Franco (original Franco), Sarah Joy Brown (Carly), Tamara Braun…all are Jewish in “real” life…(Kristen half)…

They have joined in many a Christmas greeting…and while we’re at it you do know that White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin, a Jewish composer?

But I digress. Don’t assume that everyone who says or sings Merry Christmas celebrates the holiday…or is he/she does it’s strictly a seasonal, commercial one as its become.

The point is during the holiday season…the one where BOTH holidays occur…BOTH should be mentioned.

No one is against Christmas…don’t put words in my or Lin’s mouth. We simply stated the holiday message should have included both…or maybe sent during Hanukkah to wish a Happy Hanukkah….a Merry Christmas….

Stop being a hater. Cause that’s what you’re sounding like. And those slapping you on the back for support…they’d be complaining if the “greeting” was the other way around.

Johnny? Happy Belated Hanukkah!

jimh(leave it to beaver)!
jimh(leave it to beaver)!

And an even Happier New Year…once i hear the show is renewed!

Debbie Harris
Debbie Harris

Loved the Merry Christmas video from the GH cast members! My faves were Brooklyn and Jason Thompson and Chad Duell and Kristen Alderson.

Mark Y
Mark Y

All the soaps used to do this. Usually the last episode before Christmas. Loved that. Miss it.

su0000
su0000

wow!
there are a lot of ornery fans during this joyful season of Holidays .. 🙂

MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS 🙂 !

jaselovesam
jaselovesam

U know I love Kelly and Michael together….don’t care what their names are…they just sizzle together.

kaffe
kaffe

To Kelly Monaco and Michael Easton they are gorgeous

Merry Xmas and Happy New Year!!!!!

And today on GH, Sam was holding baby Georgie, she look so ‘motherly’……

Ron give Sam a baby with Silas

Today was a good start for them

Shay
Shay

KM was adorable with “Baby Girl Spinelli.” (Don’t like either name she is known by….hope her papa picks something truly original and deserving for his daughter!) Sam definitely needs a little “Clayette” of her own…while she has been a fab and convincing mother to her son, Danny, she looked far more natural with the little miss.

kaffe
kaffe

do you think she can have another baby??????

I hope Ron Carvalti and Frank Valenti give her a baby girl

She look so good holding that baby…the casting for that baby was good!!

It could have been Sam and Silas baby (I know GH fans will disagree with me)

Just give her baby girl name Sage

OK, I said my peace………

Shay
Shay

@kaffe…Hard to say if they will go there again with Sam (aka, the pregnancy route) given her difficult maternal history, but I’m all for her becoming a wife and mother again with Silas. I like her with him as a couple….they have an emerging lightness and fun about them that never happened during the “Stone Cold Era.” As for custom ordering a baby girl named Sage for Mr. and Mrs. Clay from the team of “Cartini,” good luck with that….LOL.

kaffe
kaffe

Im for it too!!!!!

No he may not use the name Sage because GH had a character named Sage on
The show before!!!!!

I just want a name that begin with”S”

The reason I want a baby for Sam:

!! To erase what Franco did to her in @ @
To make Silas a father the second time around
Plus Danny need a little sister…..

But the won’t name the baby Sage……

Can you think of a name?

Shay
Shay

Let’s see….there’s “Sasha,” “Sierra, “Sienna,” although the last one may sound a bit “too earthy” when combined with the surname “Clay!” Hah!

kaffe
kaffe

I say the/ name should be Sierra Clay!!!

Sienna (the color brown)

But Ron should give the another baby!!!!!

Cathy
Cathy

Loved all of it, should have been the SCORPIO DRAKE FAMILY, ROBIN, PATRICK AND EMMA 2GETHER AGAIN!

MARY ARSENAULT
MARY ARSENAULT

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL GENERAL HOSPITAL ACTORS & ALL STAFF

rebecca1
rebecca1

wow…lotta seemingly, maybe? anti-semitic folks in soap land! Instead of agreeing that it would have been nice to include BOTH holidays in an earlier message, instead of just singling out Christmas….they can’t understand why that would be bothersome to some Hanukkah celebrating fans.

I seem to recall a whole lotta people upset when stores took down their Merry Christmas signs and ONLY put up Happy Holidays. They were whining all over the place about how anti-Christian that was. How ’bout spreading your one-sided minds to incorporate ALL holidays….or see how it might bother some when one holiday is very often left out.

Oh? Not your problem….LOL. And THAT’S why the world is such a brotherly state of affairs.

So, just for good measure…Happy Belated Hanukkah my peeps!

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GH Preview – Week of July 16, 2018

This week on General Hospital the fallout from Michael (Chad Duell) and Nelle’s (Chloe Lanier) nuptials will change the course of several lives including Carly’s (Laura Wright), who has come to bust up of the wedding, by busting out of Ferncliff!

Meanwhile, after those close to Drew (Billy Miller) encourage him to try to date again after his divorce from Sam (Kelly Monaco), he ends up in a surprise encounter with Marqaux (Elizabeth Hendrickson).  Will sparks fly?

Check out these other teasers for this week’s GH below, and you can watch the tease for Monday’s episode here.

Let us know in the comment section below what storyline has you most intrigued.

MONDAY JULY 16

Michael is torn.

TUESDAY JULY 17

Valentin puts two and two together.

WEDNESDAY JULY 18, 2018  

Curtis offers Liz an explanation.  

THURSDAY JULY 19, 2018 

Carly faces the consequences of her actions.

 FRIDAY JULY 20, 2018

Obrecht encounters an obstacle.

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GH’s Vinessa Antoine Lands Primetime Series Will Make Canadian TV History!

Fantastic news for General Hospital favorite, Vinessa Antoine (Jordan)! The talented actress had landed the leading role in the primetime Canadian series, Diggstown!

The legal drama is scheduled to air this fall.  In Diggstown, Antoine will play Marcie Diggs, a top corporate lawyer who decides to dedicate herself to a legal aid office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

This casting news will make Vinessa a part of Canadian TV history as the first Black Canadian actress to star in a prime-time drama on legacy network television, CBC.

Antoine spoke to the Toronto Star about her starring role, “When I first read the script I was really attracted to the notion that she was a corporate lawyer and she believed in the system. And when that crashed for her, life nudged her to do something extraordinary. And because I’m a woman of color, so many things connected. She’s complex, not stereotypical, and that’s refreshing.”

However as suspected, and according to the Toronto Star: “General Hospital fans will not be happy to learn that Antoine, who has been with the show since 2014, will no longer be a series regular when she starts shooting Diggstown in August.”

So, excited to hear Vinessa has been cast in a leading primetime series?  Comment below!

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Dominic Zamprogna Speaks Out On His Decision To Leave GH, His Final Scenes With Emme Rylan & How Dante Exited The Canvas

A few weeks ago, General Hospital fans watched as one of the series beloved stars, Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) exited the show in scenes opposite his longtime on-screen love interest, Emme Rylan (Lulu).  For nine years, Zamprogna brought authenticity, emotion, and heart to the son of Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) and Olivia Falconeri (Lisa LoCicero) to life.  While Dante’s journey started out with a bang, literally (thanks, Sonny!), over the years it appeared he was taking a backseat in meatier storylines.  All the while, Dante and Lulu remained one of the more popular duos with the viewers.

After much reflection, Zamprogna decided it was time for him to walk away from a place that became his second home.  His desire now shifted to play different characters in different projects, but it was not without taking many things into account with his life-changing decision.

Michael Fairman TV talked with Dominic to glean more insight into: if there was anything GH could have done to make him sign on the dotted line again, what went down to make those final scenes seem so rushed, how it was to say goodbye to his co-workers in front of the camera and behind the scenes, if he would consider a return at some point, and how would he feel if GH now planned on recasting Dante, and much more.

For us; we recall meeting Dominic for the first times just six months into his time at General Hospital for our first interview together.  We were instantly struck by his sincerity, humor, and his eagerness to learn from some of the best in the business.  Now exiting as a “soap vet“, per se, it is a full-circle moment that we had the time to conclude his GH journey with this conversation.  Here’s what Dom had to say about it all.

What were the factors that contributed to your decision to exit GH?  Was there a pivotal moment where you were feeling, and recognizing, that you were underutilized that you felt you needed to make a change? 

DOMINIC:  When you named me the “Most Underutilized Actor of 2017!” (Laughs) Well, my plan was never to stay forever.  But half-way through my second contract,  Emme Rylan (Lulu) and I were approached by our producer on set, who said words to the effect of: you guys have been on the sideline, time to get you into the game.  That led to the Dante cheating storyline, which gave us story for about a year … which was great!  But as that ended, so did any subsequent storylines, it seemed.  In the year that followed, I started entertaining thoughts of leaving.  By the next year, I started talking about it with my wife, Linda, who had started to notice that maybe I wasn’t happy anymore, and I wasn’t.  That’s not a good feeling, especially if you’re bringing that energy home with you.  Then, I made the mistake of going on social media, which is a terrible place to go sometimes.  But fans were saying the same sort of things I was feeling.  Was it all due to story or lack-thereof?  No.  I was starting to crave playing other roles, and that’s hard to do when you’re under contract.

Were discussions even had with Frank Valentini (executive producer, GH) and the powers-that-be about your feelings of dissatisfaction over not being utilized more in storylines?

DOMINIC:  The discussions happened late.  Not until the negotiation process, actually.  I’m no squeaky wheel I guess, but I also don’t feel it’s in my job description to be one.  I did put out a few ideas here and there, but they didn’t happen.  I know other actors have tried the same and it didn’t lead to anything for them, either.  I was a creation of Bob Guza (former head writer, GH), and maybe I was spoiled by the amount of great writing I received while he was there.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

There had to be some sadness in walking away from GH.

DOMINIC:  Oh yeah… it was sad.  I built that character, and now here I was walking away from it, and essentially my second family.  That’s been the hardest part.  Lifelong friendships were made, and memories.  However, it’s been over a month and a half since I’ve been at GH and I feel happy.  I’ve been up in Canada shooting Tin Star, which has been a great experience.  I’ve stayed in touch with everybody and I miss everybody, in fact, I just spoke to Mo (Maurice Benard) yesterday, and I’m in class with Emme (she won’t leave me alone).  But, I feel like I made the right choice for me at this moment.

To clarify; were you actually trying to work out a deal to stay put, but both sides just could not hammer things out to a satisfactory conclusion?

DOMINIC:  We did try to work out a deal.  After more talks and conversations, I felt maybe we were going to get things done.  I was being told things would change and maybe shift things in the direction we wanted to go.  But at the end of the day, it’s gotta be in writing.  I feel like I’d been told similar things in the past which hadn’t come to fruition.  I was also reminded that it was me who needed to sign my name on that dotted line and live with that decision, and I chose not to do so.

If someone would have said to you: “We have an “A” story for you, and you are going to be driving it,” would you have been more apt to stay?   

DOMINIC:  There was talk about us sitting down and talking about storylines, but that didn’t end up happening, not sure why.  And even if it did, I don’t know that it would’ve changed my mind about leaving, anyway.   But just to be clear: I have no anger towards anybody.  It’s all a business at the end of the day.  Both sides did what they felt was right.  For me, I just felt this chapter had come to an end.

Photo: ABC

When, and how did you tell on-screen scene partner, Emme Rylan that you were leaving?  Was she happy for you and your decision?

DOMINIC:  Emme knew really early on.  Once January rolled around I was like: “I have been thinking for the last six to nine months that I am going to go.”   I wanted her to know, because we have been a couple for five years on the show.  Emme was very happy for me.  I went, “Wait a minute!  Don’t be this happy.  I’m leaving.” (Laughing)  

What happened when you told your on-screen mom, Lisa LoCicero ?

DOMINIC:  She was sad, but she is also said, “You’re in your prime, go see what’s out there!”   I wouldn’t have done this move if I did not get support at home.  My wife is the rock and the one that makes this household go.  Some things outside the show were starting to happen; I had a nice screen-test for a pilot, and then I booked these four episodes of Tin Star.  When you have choices in life; you have power and control over your future.  I think Emme and Lisa as actors realized that.  That’s what made them happy for me … for the future.  The last nine years were exciting.  However, when you can have a little bit more say in what you are doing on a day to day basis, that is empowering.  So, in saying, “no” to something, and saying, “Thank you, but that’s not what I am looking for right now,” that can feel good.

Photo Credit: JPI Studios

It was a shame that through all the regimes that they rarely wrote any scenes between Dante and his father, Sonny.  What was Maurice Benard’s reaction when you told him you were leaving?

DOMINIC:  It has been pretty publicized that he and I were dissatisfied at the lack of  storyline, or scenes together.  Maurice asked the powers-that-be, “Why aren’t we working together more?”  We never had a clear answer as to why.  He didn’t know from one day to the next what was happening with my contract talks.  Mo saw me smiling one day and asked, “So does that smile mean you’re staying?”  And I said, “No, that smile is because I’m leaving.” (Laughs)  I said that more to mess with him, and make him sad.  He said, “As long as you are good financially, then I am all for anybody getting out of here and seeing what else is out there.” Really, Mo talks people into leaving so he can get more screen-time. (Laughs)

Let’s talk about the final airshow, and the story that came out of left field to facilitate your exit.  Was that written quickly to accommodate a shooting schedule or contract completion?  It felt rushed to the viewing audience.

DOMINIC:  Left field is right!  I still had a week and a half left of work when they found out I wasn’t going to re-sign, and within twelve hours I had six exit scenes written.  So, it wasn’t done to facilitate anything but a set (Lante’s house), I think.  My final tape date was May 18th, and Emme and I had scenes on the Wednesday or Thursday before that.  I guess they wanted my last scenes that aired to be with Emme, and that might have been the only scheduling day that worked for the set and the actors, and maybe that’s also why it felt so rushed.  All I could assume is that they didn’t think I was really going to leave so they didn’t plan for it, or they chose to protect themselves in this way, by not making a big deal about it.  I had another week of scenes in the PCPD with Chase (Josh Swickard) and Michael (Chad Duell) that was shot afterward.  But they had nothing to do with Dante’s “secret mission!”

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I thought, “Wait!  Is that it?  Is this Dominic’s final show?  Dante doesn’t say goodbye to his mother… his father … or his son, Rocco?

DOMINIC:  Yeah, that was tough for me.  After 9 years you think you’re going to get a little bit better of a send off.   You also, hope they’re going to honor the character.  Dante wouldn’t leave to go to the 7-eleven without saying goodbye to his mother and kids.   Maurice and I talked about that.  He said, “I guess, they don’t want people to feel really sad.  You and me doing some goodbye scenes, people are going to be devastated.”   I agree with that.  However, I also think it’s a soap and that’s what fans want … good, ole drama.  I would have loved to have had scenes with Sonny, Olivia, and Dante’s kids, but when you make a decision like this, how you leave on-air is not up to you.  Both parties are going to handle it how it’s best for them.   I was very grateful they gave Emme and I something to seek our teeth into. 

They were very sad scenes.  You are one of those actors that can take the material and connect with it while delivering it in a very subtle and heartfelt way.  How was Emme after your final scenes?

DOMINIC:  She was kind of crying the whole time, going “Damn you! Damn you.”   I was having fun with it, because I love making Emme cry.  It’s not a very difficult thing to do.  (Laughs).  We were both pretty teary-eyed, actually.  Then, when we finished the scenes and I looked over and I saw how upset the crew was, that’s what really got me.  Barbara, one of the camera operators actually jokingly apologized; suggesting that if my last shot was blurry it was my fault!  As an actor, when you make the crew feel something it kind of gives you some extra good feels. That was always the best feeling, talking to Craig (our stage manager), or Donna (head of makeup department) after a scene to get the honest truth on how you did.  I’ll miss them.

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Viewers, watching Dante have this flashback about the guy who was responsible for Lulu going overboard the Haunted Star a few years ago, probably needed a moment to connect the dots.  Some viewers were going, “What?  Dante is going after the guy that tried to drown Lulu from two years ago?”

DOMINIC:  When I read that in the script even I went, “What?” Who’s that?”  I had no idea, either. (Laughs)

Then there was this:  Dante was so hard on Lulu for her pursuing her dream as a journalist and how it inadvertently got Nathan killed.  Then all of a sudden in your final scenes, Dante has a line to Lulu in which he says something to the effect of: I understand now – you got to do, what you got to do.  In story, prior to these scenes it was leaning more towards Dante and Lulu were going to break-up over what had recently transpired.

DOMINIC:  Which, who knows?  If Dante had stayed in Port Charles it could have been the direction they were going in.  It certainly looked like they were building toward conflict, conflict, conflict, but with me leaving it was much sweeter to leave on the note that we left on, instead of Dante leaving, because he can’t deal with being around Lulu. This all leads me to believe that they didn’t want to do anything too permanent to give them time to make the proper decisions.

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What was the last day of shooting like for you?  Was it hard to get through?

DOMINIC:  It felt like a regular day, and my final scenes were up towards the end of the tape day. They had a cake afterwards.  Frank briefly spoke and introduced Maurice; who said a bunch of sweet words.  That meant a lot to me.  I said “goodbye” to everybody and took some photos, and that was it.  I already had my room packed up.  Once you’re ready to go, you’re ready to go.  Afterwards, I went out with Ryan Paevey (Ex-Nathan) and Jeffrey Vincent Parise (Ex-Carlos) for some beers and wings at the bar down the street.  It wasn’t until everybody came back after a two-week break that it felt real, because then I was receiving text messages from people saying, “We’re back.  Why the hell aren’t you here?”

The door has been left open for Dante to return.  Would you ever come back?

DOMINIC:  Of course, at some point.  But it might not be my choice, they might recast.  They told me they won’t, but who knows what’ll be done.  Do I think you can just recast a role?  No, I think it’s always a tough sell, but they’ve done it with bigger names/characters than mine.  I would be a little surprised, only because there hasn’t been much story for Dante in the last three years.  For me, as of now, I’ve moved on, and I’m very happy with my decision and my life.  It’s sad in other respects, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve read things that people have said on Twitter, and I want everyone to know I’ve seen it all and it means a lot to me.  People have been beautiful to me.  I’m truly overwhelmed by the love.  I thought there would be more of, “Who cares?” when fans found out I left.   I must have done something right during the years I was at GH.

Did you think when you made the decision to leave they would kill-off Dante? 

DOMINIC:  No, not at all.  I don’t think killing off Dante would be a good idea, especially after they killed Nathan, and also because of the climate we live in with police involved shootings and violence, in general.  In a perfect world as an actor, you crave the opportunity to have one last moment with the other characters that have been important to your character over the years.  That’s all I would have wanted for myself, and Dante.  I’ll take what I got though.  It was extremely meaningful because of what Emme and I had and built.  I feel we got to the heart and soul of those two characters in a pretty short amount of time in our scenes.

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Speaking of Nathan, I think thus far those funeral scenes, which you were wonderful in, and the story arc revolving around his death, are GH’s best bet for an Emmy in the Drama Series category next year. 

DOMINIC:  I agree.  It was so well-done.  We’d all would like to go out like that!  Tragic, but it made for great TV and great soap.  It was phenomenally well-acted across the board.  Lots of Emmy reel stuff for Michelle Stafford (Nina) and Kirsten Storms (Maxie), and Kathleen Gati (Liesl), and hopefully for our directors and crew, also.  They did an amazing job bringing that to life.

This now leaves Josh Swickard as the lone cop now by default on GH.   he PCPD is notorious for being the worst cop shop in the history of soaps! (Laughs) They can’t ever solve a crime.

DOMINIC: (Laughs) I know!  What is Josh is going to do?   Maybe between Chase and Jordan (Vienssa Antoine) they will solve crimes.  Maybe, they’ll bring on a new cop.  Josh is a great guy and I enjoyed working with him.  At the beginning, we had that contentious relationship between the two guys.  That would’ve been fun if it lasted longer, where they had this continual real dislike for one another.  Who knows?  With Dante gone, maybe they will start solving some crimes! (Laughs) Maybe now the PCPD will be the greatest police unit in the USA.

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Over your nine years at GH, would you still consider that your best storyline was coming on to the show and then having Sonny shoot Dante, only for it to turn out that he just shot his own son?

DOMINIC:  Yes, I think you have to.  That was my intro.  They had this story planned eight months before they even cast the role.  To get to that moment, was a classic soap cliffhanger.  I grew up watching soap operas with my grandparents, and if they had been alive for that scene they would have lost it, because it was something that ‘old school’ soap fans would really dig.  For me, doing that story felt so special.  ABC also pumped it with the promotion, and the promos, and the TV spots, and amped it up.  I didn’t feel it disappointed.  It was actually the audition scene that I had to perform to get the part!  Then six months later you get to say these lines that got you the part, and you hope you don’t whiff on the softball.

While putting together and producing the GH 55th anniversary tribute package for this year’s Daytime Emmys, I included that moment between Sonny and Dante.  I remember watching the complete scene before editing it and the dialog was so good.  It still holds up to this day.

DOMINIC:  My manager was at the Emmys that night, and said what a great moment that was.  I meant to thank you for that, because I really appreciated it being in there.

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Are there any other scenes that come to mind that you are most proud of?

DOMINIC:  I also really loved the scenes with Max Gail (Mike). He is a special guy.  There was so much in our scenes; where Dante finds him with Avery in the stables.  Those moments are going to stick with me for a long time.

On June 28th, the airdate of your last episode, you posted a tweet to the fans that read: “The love you guys have given me over the years and continue to give is overwhelming.  It is I that must thank YOU!”  I thought that was extremely touching and very appreciated by the fans.

DOMINIC:  I was thinking, “Man, I have to thank you, because I would not legitimately be here if you hadn’t liked this guy, Dante.”  It was bringing tears to my eyes reading what people were saying, and seeing how much love I was receiving.

Tell me about your role in the British-Canadian production of Tin Star?

DOMINIC:  It’s a recurring role,  I’ve been working on it since March.  It’s something very different from what I’ve been doing the last 9 years.  Can’t give much away, but I play a hired gun type of guy.  There are some great scenes and moments, and I was lucky enough to work with Christina Hendricks, John Lynch, and the legend, Tim Roth.

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Do you feel now that you have had some time away now from GH, and have been playing another role, that the thought of playing Dante for you at this point is like: “Been there. Done that?”

DOMINIC:  I would never say Dante is done forever.  Right now for me, he is.  They left it open, hopefully they left it open for me, but every actor hopes that.  We want our cake and to eat it too!  I want to leave right now, but I want you to want me to come back some day.  No one wants their role to be recast.  But it’s an important character, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Who knows what the future holds.  I left on good terms.  Just so everyone knows; I didn’t spring something on GH on the last day of my contract.  It’s important that I let people know that I didn’t just wake up one day and say, “See ya”.  This also wasn’t about money.  Sure, we want to be paid what we believe we’re worth.  But this in no way was about me asking for the moon, or I was going to leave.  It was a very, very difficult decision.

So, what do you think about how GH wrapped up Dante’s story for Dominic’s exit? Would you like him to return to GH sooner than later?  Do you think the role of Dante was problematic to write for?  What were your favorite scenes of Dom’s during his time at GH? Let us know via the comment section below.

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